Saturday, October 27, 2012

The King Of The King Of Trades

My kinda guy.
Britain's longest-serving blacksmith is still forging iron in his workshop - at the age of 84. Hardy Fred Harriss, 84, first picked up a hammer and tong aged ten in 1938 and is still working every day 74 years later. He has worked back-breaking 12 hour days fixing steam engines and aircraft, as well as making railings and ornamental iron pieces. And the hardy blacksmith - who refuses to wear gloves for the blistering work - claims he will NEVER retire from the job.
I am having trouble adapting to a world where this man is unusual.

7 comments:

GaryP said...

It's sad that that this type of person (my kind of person) is disappearing as our society speeds headlong toward its demise. Perhaps that is a cause not a coincidence. It's tough getting old but it beats the only alternative.

Sixty Grit said...

You can like him on Facebook, am I right? That's almost as good as actually producing something.

MAX Redline said...

Whyever would he retire? If you love what you're doing, it isn't work.

Anonymous said...

Dang, how has he kept eyesight?

Is "Hardy" a blacksmith sobriquet, or simply earned?

BTW, i've never seen a hand forge or anvil the size of those before.

Thud said...

I need the service of a blacksmith at the moment to make some large hinges for some gothic style gates, I wonder if he is close?

Anonymous said...

Balcksmith...Hurricane Smith... i see what you did there

TmjUtah said...

Amen.